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Virtual Private Networking

From off-campus, use the VPN to remotely access protected, sensitive data, and campus resources in a secure manner. Because the VPN connection is shared with all K-Staters, the VPN should only be used when necessary. Disconnect from the VPN when access to protected resources is no longer needed. 
Systems/tools that require the VPN include:

  • Remote Desktop Connection (RDP) to campus computers
  • Accessing files on Catfiles or other campus file servers (i.e., W: or Y: drives)
  • The Financial Information System (FIS)
  • ImageNow
  • Campus websites and services that are restricted to on-campus use only

VPN should not be used for the following unless you are also using one of the above resources:

  • Zoom videoconferences
  • Watching a streaming video (Mediasite, YouTube, Netflix, etc.)
  • Accessing webmail, Canvas, the CMS, KSIS, Office 365, or HRIS

Note: The AnyConnect VPN will be turned off on June 30, 2020. If you use AnyConnect as your VPN, you need to switch to GlobalProtect now.

Getting VPN software

To get the VPN software, you must be a K-State student or employee with an active K-State eID and have an internet connection.

Note: If you have Trend Micro antivirus installed on your Windows computer, you MUST uninstall it before installing GlobalProtect VPN. K-State no longer supports trend Micro antivirus. To learn more about K-State's approved antivirus software, view the K-State Antivirus Software webpage.

Installation Instructions

To learn if your operating systems are compatible with GlobalProtect, view the Where Can I install the GlobelProtect app guide.
Note: Enter only your eID as your Username. Do not enter your email address.

Why should I use the VPN?

By using K-State's VPN service, you assure that the data you transmit or receive will be secure between your computer and K-State. While your password is encrypted using a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), traffic between the VPN firewall and the computer you are communicating with will not be encrypted unless you are using SSL-enabled applications. The VPN provides security by encrypting and decrypting data that passes through the VPN. 

VPN for third-party vendors

A dedicated VPN group for third-party vendors is available that allows connection to systems only accessible on-campus due to existing local address space or protection by firewalls. Each individual that needs access to this VPN group must register for an eID. The K-State employee sponsoring their access must complete the special access eID form.